Genesis of Incites Ventures
It was at National in 1993 that Hurtig and Knight joined forces to refine and develop the Incites Tool (then called the Strategic Assessment Process, or SAP) and go on to install the process throughout National Semiconductor. Since then the Incites Tool has been continually improved and refined through application at National and other companies. Incites Ventures is a natural outgrowth of applying the Incites Tool and A Second Opinion (Tm)to technology based companies and managing the execution of the resulting strategy.
Hurtig's background in integrated circuits stretches back to the beginning of the industry at Fairchild Camera and Instruments in the early 1960's. He was responsible during his early career for technical, engineering, operations positions. A Stanford MBA changed Hurtig's career direction from technical to strategic planning, marketing and sales. He spent most of the 1980's in venture capital, leading to the formation of his own venture firm -- Genesis Ventures -- in 1990. As part of this activity, Hurtig set the strategic direction for C-Cube Microsystems in 1991 using an early version of the Incites Process. As an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Hurtig has founded over 15 companies and has been a member of over 20 boards of directors.In addition to Incites activities, he was Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. Since 2000 he received an MS in Astrophysics and will receive a PhD. in Astrophysics (Radio Astronomy) in 2009. Currently teaching Ethics in Management, The New Venture and the Business Plan and Funding the Entrepreneurial Venture at UC Riverside Palm Desert GSB. Advising startup entrepreneurs and early to midstage enterprises. For further information on Hurtig, see Complete Resume.
Knight is a 19-year veteran of National Semiconductor, where he held positions as Vice President and General Manager of the Microcomputer Products Division, General Manager of the Standard Cell Group in the ASIC Division, and Director of Total Quality in the Computers and Communications Group between 1977 and 1996. Since 1996 Knitht has been an independent management consultant focusing on high technology engineering and software development. For further information on Knight, see Complete Resume.
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